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Volunteer at QBG

Help Keep QBG Clean, Green, and Growing

Be a part of someplace special by volunteering at Queens Botanical Garden.  Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers can participate in a variety of activities: hands-on planting and weeding, supporting our educational programs, turning compost on the farm, working our special events, or helping out in our reception desk.  We welcome all individuals to come and learn a new skill and help keep our garden looking beautiful. We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly coworkers, and the opportunity to be a part of our special 39-acre urban oasis.

Ways to Volunteer


Source Separated Organics (SSO) Collection at Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch
Queens Botanical Garden’s annual Harvest Fest is coming up on 10/16/16, and the NYC Compost Project is looking for volunteers to help run the first ever Source Separated Organics collection for the event. Volunteers will interact with the public at SSO stations across the garden to educate them about composting and organics recovery and to facilitate attendees’ waste disposal in the proper receptacles. There are two 3-hour shifts available, 11-2 or 2-5. This opportunity is a great way to help your favorite botanical garden advance in its commitment to sustainability, as well as meet and work with the awesome NYC Compost Project staff! Those interested are invited to email Andrew Olesh, Outreach Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden, at aolesh@queensbotanical.org.

Community Volunteer Days
We welcome small groups, individuals, and families to tackle big outdoor projects at QBG’s Community Volunteer Days.  Held at various times throughout the year, these days are an opportunity to work as a team to keep our garden looking beautiful. From mulching flower beds, to weed removal, planting bulbs, and raking leaves, this is a chance to bring a friend, get your hands dirty, and give back to your local botanical garden. Pre-registration required. 

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Farm + Compost Volunteer Days
Join the NYC Compost Project team to learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil to grow healthy food in NYC. Tasks vary by event, but may include composting, sifting, weeding, harvesting, or planting activities. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up and for more information.

Horticulture Volunteer Days
Held monthly through most of the year, each Horticulture Volunteer Day is an opportunity to learn specialty skills while working right alongside our seasoned gardeners.  Activities change depending on the time of year and might include anything from pruning roses and weeding flower beds to planting fall bulbs and preparing the garden for winter.  Come join us to refine your skills or learn something new! Space is limited and pre-registration required  Sign-up opens one month prior to each Volunteer Day. Click here to sign up and for more information.

Other Opportunities
We are continually looking for volunteers to help keep QBG green and growing.  Whether it’s taking tickets during our annual Harvest Festival, helping in our Children’s Garden, or greeting visitors at the Garden, there is something for everyone! Please check below for current opportunities. The link will prompt a PDF of the position description.

For more internship and volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Please send inquiries to volunteer@queensbotanical.org

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